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Old 07-22-2016, 11:00 AM   #57
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Sorry to hear of your misfortune(s). Sounds like you have been doing a great job dealing with the stress and making good use of your downtime. Great to know you are moving again and are still maintaining your composure!
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Old 07-22-2016, 11:48 AM   #58
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Back on the road wednesday, in lower MI. Found other issues from Cummins at first stop. When we got back on the road the first time cruise control was not working. I didn't care because we broke down again. Apparently someone stepped on my cruise servo, knocked an actuator and vacuum tube off. Rather than fix, or ask, they tucked it down and zip tied it to another hose.

I'm still in Boulder packing. I'll be back in Ludington Sunday. Let me know if you need a hand.
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Old 07-22-2016, 04:51 PM   #59
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That's par for the coarse for getting repairs done on the road...,,I hate to be pessimistic but I am sure you will find other areas of concern from that shop. I recommend you throughly look things over.....IE hose clamps, wire connections and loose brackets etc. when you get a chance. Regards, Bob
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Old 07-27-2016, 08:47 PM   #60
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Bob,

You are so right. So I fixed my cruise control while stopped at the Walmart in ironwood, MI. We took a break, and I was feeling a great sigh of relief, then we go to pull out. My digital voltmeter spikes to 75v all lights and switches die. I troubleshoot again, they had zip tied my positive cable to starter to another cable, pressing it against the muffler, melted through cable cover, insulation, and then shorted. It was 8pm, all parts stores were closed, called good sam, they wanted to tow. I said, no, I just need an eyelet battery terminal for a 4ga wire. Please send mobile mechanic. Got the part, and fixed the connection to starter, but now have a 1" x2" hole in the muffler.

Made it to the better half's parents house in Toledo. Figuring out what cummins is going to do to make it right.
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Old 07-28-2016, 08:16 AM   #61
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Other that the cruise control and wiring issues, how it running?

Hope things start going your way!
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Old 07-28-2016, 08:47 AM   #62
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Consumes/leaks 1 Gal of coolant every 100 miles, with no signs of leaking. Runs great, got 12.8 mpg with toad. Just need to figure out reason for loss of coolant. Can run all day at 2k rpm, but at 1600-1750rpm, that's when we lose coolant.
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Old 07-28-2016, 09:12 AM   #63
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What a bummer, I live in Southern Wisconsin, if you have any trouble on your way back, let me know, I can help.
We got home from a 10,000+ mile trip to Alaska in our 310 on Tuesday night.
We are contemplating a Newfoundland trip next summer, I hope you find a simple reason for your coolant leak and your trip goes better.
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Old 07-28-2016, 09:44 AM   #64
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I wonder if the difference in rpm has an affect on engine temp and thus has an affect on the thermostat opening and closing. Then some relationship between loss of coolant and whether it is circulating or not. This from a very mechanically challeged source, me.
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Consumes/leaks 1 Gal of coolant every 100 miles, with no signs of leaking. Runs great, got 12.8 mpg with toad. Just need to figure out reason for loss of coolant. Can run all day at 2k rpm, but at 1600-1750rpm, that's when we lose coolant.

My experience has been that they really don't like pulling along at the lower rpms. 1800-2000 seems to be a happy spot on mine. I'll run 2200 2400 in 3, 4, or 5th hill climbing. It might be temperature thing. Maybe a leak in the radiator blowing straight out the back.
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Am I correct that you are losing 1 gallon of coolant every 100 miles ??? My friend...they either screwed up the head gasket again or you have a cracked head or block. I would use a cylinder CO detection tool ASAP so you know for sure....obviously if you can't see a leak you know it's going somewhere...out the tailpipe in a vapor form. Regards, Bob
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I just found out I have lost a gallon of coolant in a year and am concerned of a head gasket problem in my Ford 6.0. A gallon in 100 miles is not a leak that is a hole. If you are not seeing it on the ground it has to be going out the exhaust. I would stop right now and send a certified letter, explaining the original and current problems, to the Cummings dealer that did the head with a copy to their corporate headquarters. That engine is going to be expensive to replace.

I had a friends Onan generator in the the local Cummings shop last week and they screwed that up by breaking off a wire that kept the generator from running at all. They said they had tested it before I picked it up. There was a time when one would assume Cummings could do a job right.

Some diesel owner do run water injection to improve mileage. Sounds like they gave you a free injection system
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It might be an internal engine leak, (and the odds say it is),,,,

But, it could also be a pinhole leak or a small leak over an exhaust system part etc. that tends to evaporate near instantly.


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Vycan, oh good grief -- What a saga!

So sorry to hear of your problems on the road. I think I would be crying in my beer by now, thumbing my way back home.

Hope you get a satisfactory resolution to your engine problems, SOON!

Best wishes!
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Just some thoughts. I can't imagine any head gasket leak that would allow 1 gallon in 100 miles to get into a cylinder without blowing the cooling system apart. A cracked head between the coolant and intake plenum could be a possibility but I could think you would see some pretty funky stuff coming out the pipe. I'd pressurize the cooling system and see where the water is going. The difference between 1600 rpms and 2000 might be more boost pressure at higher rpms preventing coolant at a few psi from entering the induction system.
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